'Life saving' Rhyl foodbank is hoping to expand

Published date: 13 February 2013 |
Published by: Jamie Nield-Siddall
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A CHARITY which provides vital support and supplies food to those most in need are hoping to expand - as the “need in Rhyl is horrendous”.

One family went without food for five whole days - a 16-year-old pregnant girl was living alone in poor conditions left to fend for herself and a middle age man was at the point of taking his own life.

These are just to name some of the cases that Pastor Mike Bettaney, Sarah Jones and her husband Dave, who run The Kings Storehouse Foodbank, are faced with on a daily basis.

“I believe this is a life saver,” said Mr Bettaney, who is the Minister at Wellspring Christian Centre on Vale Road.

“I think people would be starving hungry without this service - we had one family who hadn’t eaten for five days.”

The scheme was set up in September 2012 when members at the church bought a few extra items when they went shopping - and since then the group has delivered supplies to about nine homes per week.

Former Prestatyn High School teacher, Mr Bettaney, said that more people were attending the church, where the group also offers support to young couples, people who have just lost their job, drug addicts, alcoholics, and to anyone else who needs it.

“The church is too small, we want to expand to somewhere that will hold about five or six hundred people - it is growing rapidly,” he said.

“The need in Rhyl is horrendous. I don’t know why this is - I think a lot of it is through people making bad choices.”

Mr Bettaney described the food they supply as ‘a key to a door’ to allow them to offer support.

“We don’t believe in giving a hand out - we believe in giving a hand up,” he said.

Mr Bettaney said his wife, Linda, is teaching a recovering heroin addict, who is a mother-of- two, how to cook. He said Dave and Sarah had helped the 16-year-old pregnant girl find new accommodation - an example of the charity’s dedication.

If you would like to support the charity or make a donation towards the foodbank you can do so by visiting the church on 180-182 Vale Road, Rhyl or by calling Mr Bettaney on 01745 851582.

For more information about the service you can find it via Rhyl Job Centre.
Alternatively visit the Facebook page The Kings Storehouse, Foodbank Rhyl.

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